Tri247 Newsletter


9th Apr 2007Issue 4

Welcome to the newsletter

No, we didn't forget to send out the newsletter... As it was a Bank Holiday weekend we figured that most of you woud be doing far better things than staring at your computer screens -- like DIY or shopping!

Last week we started a new "occasional" series of features called How to succeed at... with the first race being the Thames Turbo Hampton Pool events. We are looking to expand this to cover as many of the major (and minor) races around the country and would love to get some input from readers. If you have a race that you feel you could give the in-depth treatment to then please do let us know. Remember, if you have any feedback on the site and the way that it is being developed please do let us know. You can either use the standard contact page or you can comment on most individual articles, although you do have to be a registered user to do the latter. The site is here for you and if you feel that we are missing something please do let us know.


Weekend action

What a glorious weekend! And, amazingly for a Bank Holiday, not a spot of rain here in the South East (your mileage may differ...). First up to deliver the results, for the second week running, were the South West Region -- this time in the guise of the Mounts Bay Harriers Try A Tri (full results here):

Pos Men Women
1 Junior Heffernan 1:13:47 Sharon Daw 1:34:12
2 Steve Kelly 1:17:39 Juliet Knowles 1:35:32
3 Olly Jose 1:19:40 Kerry Marshall 1:39:08

The Deal Tri organised Barret Sports Aquathlon races covered all ages from Tristart to adult with Ian Pettitt scoring second place in the results stakes (full adult results here):

Pos Men Women
1 Martin Potter (London Heathside) 0:36:37 Nicki Barron (Ashford TC) 0:40:32
2 Robert Jackson (Deal Tri) 0:37:35 Jill Cliff (Deal Tri) 0:42:05
3 Michael Barton 0:38:49 Mo Ovendon (Deal Tri) 0:45:43

The Goodwood Duathlon was run over both a junior distance (results here) and a full distance around the motor racing circuit just outside Chichester. (Full distance results here) :

Pos Men Women
1 Daniel McCarthy (University of Surrey) 1:37:58 Kate Balchin (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:56:05
2 Andrew Mercer 1:38:54 Liz Lumber 1:57:01
3 Billy Holman (Royal Navy) 1:39:20 Mhari Muir (Royal Navy) 1:58:18

The Aldershot Duathlon series continued with their fourth round race (full results here):

Pos Men Women
1 Jamie Hill 0:53:53 Imogen Hutter 1:02:10
2 David Branfoot 0:54:20 Elaine Armour 1:08:18
3 Willie Wilson 0:55:01 Mandy Cornelius 1:08:25

Results from the East Fife Novice and Sprint Triathlons seem to be missing in action, if anybody knows a source please let us have details...

The Bank Holiday Monday dawned crisp and bright with a traditional layer of mist over Hampton Pool making the 7am start of the Thames Turbo Triathlon quite surreal. Regular columnist Bob Holloway (1:11:20) was racing and we were there to lend support ... and grab a bacon roll! (Full results here):

Pos Men Women
1 Gavin Smith (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 0:57:03 Bethan Hopewell (Ful-On Tri) 1:05:33
2 Richard Legge (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 0:58:39 Sophie Whitworth (Team Planet X) 1:06:59
3 Gregory Billington (Cambridge Tri) 0:59:14 Helen Smith (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:06:59

At Raw Energy's Steyning Duathlon a great day's weather and a top class field saw some exciting racing with the lead changing hands throughout the race. Toby Jameson from Total Fitness Bath and Team Lifestyle's Paul Holdaway battled it out for most of the first run with Jameson into T1 first. The rolling bike course saw Holdaway back into T2 with a short lead onto the run which he held until the last km when Jameson overtook him and held on to win by 30 seconds. In Gear Quick Fit's Jimmy George and Brighton's Jason Benniman took third and fourth. The womens race was dominated by Emma Bradley from Wimbledon who led from start to finish. Bristol's Nicola Bushell was second with Team REP's Niki Treacy third and first vet. Promising Junior Adam Barlow from A2 Tri Club was 9th overall. Supervet Peter Wheddon who has just taken up the sport after an impressive cycle road racing career clocked the third fastest bike split of the day. (Full results here):

Pos Men Women
1 Toby Jameson (Total Fitness Bath) 1:34:10 Emma Bradley (Wimbledon Windmilers) 1:45:19
2 Paul Holdaway (Team Lifestyle) 1:34:48 Nicola Bushell 1:52:51
3 Jimmy George (In Gear Quickvit) 1:38:05 Niki Treacy (Team Rep) 1:54:10

Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

April’s Route of the Month will go online this week and, for anyone planning a visit to the UK Ironman 70.3 it’s a must read!

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony? Using the correct footwear is vital for injury prevention and maximizing performance. Choosing the right shoe is as important as selecting any other piece of kit, which is why Saucony have set up “Shoe Labs” which tour round the country giving out free advice.

We will also be helping each month by answering questions sent in by you, with one lucky person winning a pair of Saucony shoes of their choice from the full Saucony range!

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!

Total Immersion


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